Our Hojo Getaway : information and review

Our Hojo Getaway : information and review

Our Family finally got to visit the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Play ground. We were excited for many reasons… Water playground, walking distance to Disneyland, and because we love lil getaways! This place didn’t disappoint. Im going to share my Top 5 favorite things about the HOJO hotel along with what comes along with your stay!

TOP 5 Reasons to stay at the HOJO Hotel

  1. WATER PLAYGROUD- The Castaway Water Cove was so much fun! Lots of areas for kids to play in. My kids are 5 and 1 years old and both really enjoyed this play area! The water playground has water slides, climbing area, and giant water bucket to add in even more fun! There is also a heated shallow kiddy pool! Yes heated! So this was a perfect for my 1 year old. Even my 5 year old daughter relaxed here with us and really enjoyed it! This area has plenty of seating, umbrellas, and towels to use. There is Life guard on duty to help supervise children. Their is also restroom at the water playground area.
  2. Walking Distance to Disneyland- it is only a 8 min walk give or take from the hotel to Disneyland! Also lots of food places on the way like Mimis cafe, mc Donalds, Panera bread, and ihop. So you can also eat on the way to Disney or heading back to the Hojo. There is also a shuttle that can take you to and from Disney but for myself with a double stroller and all the stuff I bring it is much easier to walk!
  3. The rooms!- we stayed in building 1 which is all renovated. Building 2 will be be finished in April. Be sure to indicate you would like to stay in a newly renovated room if you’d like one in the photo below. The room was very clean, bathroom best lighting ever! The beds were very comfortable!! We slept in on our stay! It was that good. Plus the room includes wifi, a mini fridge, keriug coffee machine, and a microwave! suites and Disney themed rooms include a rubber ducky for you to take home. Our room had a balcony facing Disneyland with a firework view.
  4. Great Customer Service- Throughout our stay we experienced great customer service! the front desk and staff were all extremely helpful and nice! front desk helped me get everything from the car and were very personable. during the stay we felt very welcomed and even the Main Street store in building one had the sweetest staff.
  5. amenities for kids!- along with the water playground as a parent I loved the “if lost tattoos”, complimentary face painting held on Saturdays, and the big orange lawn chair .

We enjoyed our stay and definitely want to return for another stay this Summer!I’m including a link to the Howard Johnson Anaheim and Water Playground to check our rooms and reserve your next stay! I also have a coupon code to use on your reservation!!!!
20% off Disneyland Annual Passholder Discount – Corp code:
 1000025935

15% off Discount for everyone! Corp code: 1000022077

https://www.hojoanaheim.com/?utm_source=affiliate&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Spoonfulofsugarbaker

Here are somethings to remember when booking your room. call to confirm your stay will be in a renovated room, request a Disney theme room, pack plenty of snacks aka popcorn for movies in the room, take your swim stuff and prepare for fun, and if you are not a pass holder you can purchase your tickets at front desk to skip the lines at the parks ticket booths!

Thank you for reading along if your planning a vacation or Disneyland stay comment below!

 

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Review & information

Before pic

5th birthday celebration wouldn’t be complete without a makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique located at Disneyland, CA! I got DMs asking about pricing and if it’s Worth it!?! So here’s the run down & my review on the Bibbidi Bobbidi boutique experience!!

First things first!!! Is it worth it?? 100% yess! The pricing varies so there is a package for everyone! This is something that should be for a special occasion such as a birthday or accomplishment! London is a girly girl so this experience is everything and more it includes a dress ( unlesss you bring your own), hair, nails, makeup but your very own fairy Godmother in training. Plus a sash & backpack of the goodies used for your makeover.

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The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is located at the castle as your entering fantasyland. First you check in and pay before the escort your child to her beauty chair.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Only ages 3-12 can participate in this makeover experience. They even have a knight package for your Prince Charming in training.
  2. Reserve early! It’s best to plan this ahead to guarantee your date and time. You can book online or by calling (714) 781-7895
  3. Makeover takes about 30 mins to 1 hour depending on your package.
  4. Arrive with clean hair and face for your fairy Godmother in training.
  5. If for any reason you need to cancel it must be done 24 hours in advance to avoid a $10 cancellation fee.
  6. AP discounts can be used!!
  7. The take home bag includes hairbrush, makeup, nail polish, gems they add during makeup, and shampoo to wash out all that glitter!!

Here is a photo of the current packages available.

This photo includes each package pricing
Hairstyles to choose from

We used a dress London got for Christmas. And got the crown page. It included hair of her choice. Makeup & nails. Plus tons of glitter in her hair. The fairy Godmother is very sweet! Talking London along through her makeover.

Now if you have been thinking about getting your little one a makeover and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique I highly recommended it! It was a special way to start a birthday and celebrate at Disneyland!! Thank you for reading! Anything your interested and want tips to at Disneyland or Disneyland California adventure! Comment below and tag me on your visit to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience you have @spoonfulofsugarbaker on Instagram!

Disney Inspired conversational Hearts DIY

Disney Inspired conversational Hearts DIY

Every year I do Valentine’s pre-orders…and every time I get asked if I ship my products. A conversational heart cookie made even better with a Disney twist. These are available to order or a great baking project at home!! This recipe is easy to follow and super cute!

Here is a list of supplies you’ll need:

  • Heart cookie cutter
  • Mickey cookie cutter (optional)
  • Parchment paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie sheet
  • Piping bags
  • Cookie & royal icing ingredients

Ingredients:

Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Cream together butter and sugar. Scrape sides of bowl to be sure all butter and sugar is mixed well. Add egg and vanilla and mix. Add flour one cup at a time to butter mixture. Add salt & mix together. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour. Roll out dough and cut out cookie shapes. Cut parchment paper & add to cookie sheet. Place cut dough onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

Royal icing

  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 4 cups of sifted powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons warm water

Add meringue & powdered sugar (powdered sugar must be sifted) it will give you smooth royal icing. Add hot water one tablespoon at time. Mix on medium-high for 5 mins. Distribute equal amounts of royal icing to smaller bowls. Add in food coloring and mix well. If needed and extra water.

Add royal icing to pining bags and cut a small opening at the tip.

create a dam by outlining your cookie. Then fill with your royal icing after a few minutes. This helps royal icing from dripping from the edges.

Let the cookies set before adding words to it. Usually a 1-3 hours is best.

Use a #1 tip to your piping bag and write your messages on your cookies!

Here’s some fun disney sayings to use:

  • Best day ever
  • True loves kiss
  • Ur my greatest adventure
  • Kiss the girl
  • Yoda best
  • Yoda one for me
  • Single rider
  • Disney mama
  • Ur worth melting for
  • Xoxo
  • Oh boy
  • ChEARS
  • Luv & pixie dust
  • Luv u 2 infinity & beyond
  • Shine bright
  • Single rider
  • Meet me at the castle

Comment your favorite cookie phrase??

Make these? Tag me on Instagram @spoonfulofsugarbaker

How to decorate a cupcake-Toy Story inspired Tutorial

Still thinking about Toy Story 4 over here! So I decided to make the ” How to decorate a cupcake” Toy Story inspired treat. If you have no future toy story party plans this tutorial will still take your cupcakes from..

With 2 easy cake decorating tools you can up your cupcake game! For under $5

Cupcake decorating supplies:

  • 2 piping bags (25 cents each)
  • Wilton tip #1M ($1.50)
  • Wilton tip #1D($1.50)

Toy Story cupcake extras:

  • Yellow, red, sky blue, pink food coloring -preferably Wilton gel colors
  • Small pack of fondant
  • Bow mold
  • Small Star cookie cookie cutter
  • Piping bag
  • Wilton tip #3
  • Rolling pin

Click the link to watch “How to decorate a cupcake: Toy Story inspired”: https://youtu.be/xDjr-7URB2s

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Find Cupcake and Frosting Recipe Below

Here are a close up of the supplies used to create the Woody & Bo cupcakes!

Gold dust found at cakewalk cake supplies and online retailers

Puncher and mold found on Amazon or local cake supply : link in my YouTube video

Share your cupcake creations on Instagram @spoonfulofsugarbaker

 

INGREDIENTS

Vanilla cupcakes:

  • 1 and 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup full fat sour cream

Vanilla Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) heavy cream

INSTRUCTIONS

To make the vanilla cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12-count muffin pan with cupcake liners. Line a second muffin pan with 2 liners (this recipe will make 14 cupcakes). Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla. Add in the sour cream and mix until fully combined.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined, making sure not to over mix the batter.
  • Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them a little over half way full. You should end up with exactly 14 cupcakes.
  • Bake in separate batches at 350F for 18-22 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Remove all of the cupcakes from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer) beat the butter on medium speed until smooth.
  • Add in the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla and mix on low until well combined. Slowly add in the heavy cream, increase the speed to medium-high, and mix for a few more minutes until the frosting is smooth and well combined.
  • Frost the cooled cupcakes.

NOTES

Store prepared cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days or in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Out of this World Cookie Tutorial

Out of this World Cookie Tutorial

Hey everyone!!! With Father’s Day coming this weekend and Toy Story 4 coming out in 10 days (who else is counting!!??!!??) I wanted to create a tutorial to celebrate both!

Drum roll…. here comes the alien cookie! Perfect for an Out of this World Dad!!!!

Easy cookie to begin with if you have never worked with Royal icing. Fun for kids and you can watch Toy Story while creating these cute lil aliens!!! Can you tell I love watching movies while baking?! Lol

I’m going to share with you 2 very easy recipes to create these fun cookies! First a easy sugar cookie recipe and an egg free royal icing recipe.

Sugar cookie Recipe:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. Vanilla extract
    3 cups cake flour
    1/2 tsp. Salt
  • Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients a bowl, then add it into the butter mixture. Roll dough to 1/4″ and cut out coolie shapes. Best of chilled in refrigerator before baking. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350F.
  • Royal Icing:

    • 4-6 tbsp. Meringue powder
    • 4 cups powdered sugar
      6 tbsp. Hot water
      Food coloring or gel

    Mix meringue powder and powdered sugar. Add 1 tbsp. of the hot water at a time . Mix on high for 5 minutes. Add food coloring and hand mix with a spoon.

    Yay now that your cookies are baked and cooled & whip up a batter of the royal icing mix. Pampered chef has the perfect Toy Story cookie cutters but Etsy has a variety of talented vendors who sell a alien cookie cutter as well!!

    For the alien cookies you will also need:

    Piping bag & sugar eyes! (Found at Michaels crafts)

    That’s it!!!

    Now that your Royal Icing is ready add it to your piping bag! Cut a very small hole at the tip of your bag once the bag is filled.

    Outline the alien with your royal icing by applying light pressure to the bag.

    The outline creates a dam for the royal icing.

    Once the cookie is outlined fill the cookie with the royal icing. There is no wrong way to do this! Younger children may prefer a spoon to spread the icing! Most importantly just have fun!!

    Now place the eyes on the cookie to create your very personal alien! If you’d like a firm royal icing wait a few hours before eating!

    A Perfect little gift for your Dad! Serve on Father’s Day breakfast! Dads love cookies and coffee!

    Aren’t these the cutest ever!?!?? If you recreate these “out of this world” cookie share them on IG and tag @spoonfulofsugarbaker

    I promised a cupcake Tutorial and that is coming soon!!!

    Spoonful of Sugar Cupcake Topper DIY

    I couldn’t do another tutorial until I did quick one that represented “Spoonful of Sugar Baker” and well Mother’s Day is almost here. And I came across my Mother’s Day card from last year… tears! I love cards!img_7892

    Moms are the most magical people ever! They guide you, teach, show unconditional love, encourage, and discipline. Moms are doctors, hair stylists, chefs, teachers, and most importantly someone who is always there to support you! Moms are incredible and even when you feel like you’re not enough as mom just know you are more than enough to your children!  There are hard days and days that you feel like super woman! But seriously when you see your children smiling it makes it worth it all! They say it takes a village to raise a child but how about a village of women encouraging each other! Check in on each other, encourage one another, give a compliment, smile, and let each other know you are not alone! I believe every mom is doing what’s best for her children and family so stop with the judgments and negative thoughts! Moms, let’s have each other’s backs! Our children look at us and see the most beautiful person in the world inside and out and I want to be what they see! With that I made a very quick tutorial on creating these Mary Poppins inspired toppers! Oh and don’t doubt your self moms! The card that says “You are the Best” you are exactly that!!!

     

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    This has to be the easiest little cupcake topper to do! And if you love the Mary Poppins this would be fun to do with your children while watching the classic or new Mary Poppins movie! A baking & movie night is so fun!!!

    Supplies:

    Mini spoons (found at Michaels crafts)

    White chocolate melts

    White sprinkles

    Red ribbon

    2 bowls

    Parchment paper

    Step 1

    In a microwave safe bowl Melt the white chocolate. Microwave in 30 minute increments mixing in between. Make sure not to over heat the chocolate. If it looks dry or stiff add one teaspoon of vegetable oil and mix well.

    Step 2

    No mess!

    Dip your mini spoons into the white chocolate. Over your other bowl sprinkle your white sprinkles on to the spoon. The bowl will catch any sprinkles that didn’t make it onto your spoon. Next, place them on your parchment paper.

    Step 3

    Once the chocolate has dried. Cut the red ribbon and tie a bow onto the spoon.

    Practically Perfect

    These can be used as chocolate pops or as toppers for a dessert.

    Again, Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful Mom’s out there!!! You are practically perfect in every way! I hope you enjoy this quick topper tutorial!

    Up Next: From this to that!!! How to frost a cupcake like a pro for under $5